Date: 3/27/17 5:04 am From: <susan...> Subject: RE: Mallards
Gretchen and All,
No-- these are locals for sure. They roam quite a ways from water at this time of year while looking for nesting sites. And they are pretty faithful to areas they frequent from Spring to Spring.
Furthermore,excessive loitering pairs or drakes is usually an indicator that the hen is laying some place close by. She will lay an egg a day in the morning until her clutch of 12-15 eggs is complete. And then she will incubate pretty much non-stop all day. She will cover the eggs late in the day and go off to feed at night. If you are watching at first light you will see her fly in and quickly walk back in to the nest. Interestingly, her mate may spend much of the day nearby when she begins to incubate, waiting for her to come out to feed.
I do miss the breeding Mallards I had back in Whispering Pines.....
Susan Campbell Southern Pines, NC
> -------- Original Message -------- > Subject: Mallards > From: "Gretchen Schramm" (via carolinabirds Mailing List) > <carolinabirds...> > Date: Mon, March 27, 2017 5:11 am > To: <Carolinabirds...> > > > Last year I had a fairly frequent female mallard visitor to the yard who > would be accompanied at times by a drake. They would hang around for an > hour or so for some food and water, and then take flight. > > I attributed their appearance as being domesticated escapees as I do not > have a pond or any water to speak of and my neighborhood is a very > suburban, populated area outside of downtown Wilmington. > > Yesterday afternoon while out in the garden I turned around and there they > were! > > Could these be actual 'wild' mallards? I didn't notice yesterday whether > they flew in or waddled down the driveway. I'm curious as to whether this > is a fairly normal occurrence. > > Gretchen > Wilmington, NC